This soft, bloomy rind cheese is made with pasteurized milk that comes from four farms near the cheese maker, located in Berthierville in the Lanaudière region. Under its white rind, speckled with brownish patches when aged, is an ivory cheese that is horizontally intersected by a line of edible maple wood ash. The cheese offers up a mushroom, forest, acidulated cream, butter, and bread crust aroma, with floral tones (honey). Its taste is mild and lingers in the mouth, and features flavours of farm butter, mushroom, acidulated cream and hints of white grapefruit.
Le Cendré des Prés was Fromagerie du Domaine Féodal’s first cheese. It is the first bloomy rind, soft cheese made with pasteurized cow’s milk that has a layer of vegetable ash in the middle. “I wanted to make a soft, bloomy rind Morbier cheese. I asked around and was told that it would be impossible. Great! That’s just what I’ll do then!” proudly recalls cheese maker Guy Dessureault. Le Cendré des Prés has been at our tables accompanying our meals since 2001.
The cheese is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops, and in most supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
Finalist at the 2014 Sélection CASEUS competition in the Bloomy Rind Cheese category. The cheese also won Gold in its category at the 2008 British Empire Cheese Show and Bronze at the 2011 American Cheese Society competition.